For several years I have blogged on Shutterfly’s wonderful site. It was great because it allowed me to post photos, create different sections, and play around with my writing in a safe, beginner environment. For a few months I have been considering heading out of my sheltered blog world and see what happens. Several friends have recently started blogs and when the one who originally turned me onto Shutterfly stepped out, I decided it may be time. Having both kids spend several days home sick gave me the time to play around and set it up also.
I admire women who blog and am grateful because many of them are moms like me, trying to figure out how motherhood really works in the 21st century. I am a Gen. Xer, one of those confused individuals who was raised on Disney movies and Laura Ingalls Wilder books, then thrust into a society that wanted me to challenge myself to “be all that I could be”, conquering the corporate world just like the men. That’s all fine and dandy, and I respect everything Gloria Steinem did for women’s equality, but she never had kids who expect you to help them with their homework (ie how much can they get mom to do), have dinner ready by 5:30 every night, and run a personal delivery service of themselves and belongings to various locations within a 20 mile radius. It complicates that whole “rise to the top” piece. Some of us really like being moms. Some of us, more than you would think, wish we could be June Cleaver vacuuming the house in her pearls. We want to be waiting at home with warm cookies and cold milk for our kids to get off the bus. Reading mommy blogs helps me reconcile my shortcomings in this area by realizing I am not alone.
Will this be a mommy blog? Sometimes, but we moms are complex creatures who wear many hats. So come over, sit around the campfire and roast a marshmallow or two. Maybe even make a s’more and sing a song. I don’t care if you can’t carry a tune, I can’t either, but camp songs are all about singing it loud and proud, with your whole heart behind it. We’ll tell some stories and share some laughs, and hopefully go home realizing we aren’t alone.